Producers seeking financial assistance to improve their pastures with novel endophyte tall fescue should contact their local USDA-NRCS office to make an appointment. The local conservation planner will visit their farm to help determine objectives and develop a conservation plan. The conservation plan will address resource concerns such as re-seeding pastures to improve forage quality. There are program eligibility criteria that must be met by all applicants and NRCS and FSA will guide them through the required eligibility paperwork.
NRCS will rank the applications according to local resource concerns and notify individuals if funding is approved. NRCS staff will assist in developing a contract and associated technical documents to guide in the establishment of novel endophyte tall fescue in pastures. Contact your local NRCS office for more information. Your local office can be found at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ky/contact/.
~ Adam Jones, USDA-NRCS Grazing Specialist